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  1. Fear responses to noises in domestic dogs: Prevalence, risk factors and co-occurrence with other fear related behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Blackwell, Emily J., Bradshaw, John W. S., Casey, Rachel A.

    Behavioural signs of fear or anxiety on exposure to noises in owned domestic dogs have been suggested in clinical studies to be common and a significant welfare concern. In this study two approaches were taken to investigate the occurrence of, and risk factors for, these behaviours: a postal...

  2. Improving puppy behavior using a new standardized socialization program

    Contributor(s):: Vaterlaws-Whiteside, Helen, Hartmann, Amandine

    Studies identifying the underlying determinants of adult dog behavior and highlighting successful methods of early intervention are essential to reduce and ultimately prevent problem behaviors developing. The aim of this research was to create and assess the impact of a new nest socialization...

  3. Reprint of “Rearing piglets in multi-litter group lactation systems: Effects on piglet aggression and injuries post-weaning”

    Contributor(s):: Verdon, Megan, Morrison, Rebecca S., Hemsworth, Paul H.

    This experiment investigated the effects of rearing piglets in a multi-litter lactation system on piglet aggression at weaning. The following four pre-weaning treatments were applied to 72 sows and their litters (n=642 piglets); (1) Farrowing crate (‘FC’ − n=24 sows), (2) PigSAFE pens, in which...

  4. Rearing piglets in multi-litter group lactation systems: Effects on piglet aggression and injuries post-weaning

    Contributor(s):: Verdon, Megan, Morrison, Rebecca S., Hemsworth, Paul H.

    This experiment investigated the effects of rearing piglets in a multi-litter lactation system on piglet aggression at weaning. The following four pre-weaning treatments were applied to 72 sows and their litters (n=642 piglets); (1) Farrowing crate (‘FC’ − n=24 sows), (2) PigSAFE pens, in which...

  5. Behavioural outcomes of housing for domestic dog puppies (Canis lupus familiaris)

    Contributor(s):: Majecka, Katarzyna, Pąsiek, Magdalena, Pietraszewski, Dariusz, Smith, Carl

    Domestic dogs experience a sensitive period for learning during early life and conditions during this time can have important consequences in the adult. We investigated the effects of kennel environment during early life, comparing the temperaments of puppies reared in indoor kennels, located in...

  6. Benefits of intraspecific social exposure in adult Swiss military dogs

    Contributor(s):: Gfrerer, Nastassja, Taborsky, Michael, Würbel, Hanno

    Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are social animals and, therefore, social interactions with conspecifics are crucial for their welfare. However, in kennelled dogs, the ability to interact with conspecifics may be limited. Swiss military dogs, for instance, are kept individually without direct...

  7. Relationships, Socialization and Combat Veterans: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog

    Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane

  8. Canine development and socialization

  9. A Qualitative Assessment of Virginia Beach Dog Park Users

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    | Contributor(s):: Edwin Gomez, John Hunting

    The purpose of this paper is to look at a Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) dog park as a case study exploring the benefits and perceptions of dog parks by its users. The qualitative methodology follows an earlier dog park study by Gómez (2013) in Norfolk, VA. Our findings indicated three...

  10. How Wolves Turned into Dogs and How Dogs Are Valuable in Meeting Human Social Needs

    | Contributor(s):: Kurt Kotrschal

    A wealth of recent behavioral, neurobiological, and genetic results allows us to draw a new, comprehensive picture of the human-wolf-dog relationship. Dogs originated from wolves 35,000 years ago, mainly via selection for tameness. Wolves were probably spiritual partners and hunting buddies of...

  11. The effects of hippotherapy in children and adolescents with autism : a systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Emily Layne Ybarbo

    The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effectiveness of hippotherapy, also known as horse- or equine-assisted therapy, for improving the socialization and communication behaviors of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The PubMed research database was...

  12. Tickling Rats: Differential Benefits for Pet Store Rats

    | Contributor(s):: Whitney Blankenberger

    Animal welfare and the effects of the human-animal bond are becoming increasingly important to researchers and the public. Animal use in biomedical research is indispensable and inevitably creates stressful situations for the animals. One way to mediate this stress and improve rat welfare is by...

  13. Influence of Maternal Care on Behavioural Development of Domestic Dogs (Canis Familiaris) Living in a Home Environment

    | Contributor(s):: Giovanna Guardini, Jon Bowen, Chiara Mariti, Jaume Fatjo, Claudio Sighieri, Angelo Gazzano

    Maternal care has been shown to affect the development of the brain, behaviour, social skills and emotional systems of the young of many mammalian species including dogs. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of maternal care on the behavioural responses of family dog puppies...

  14. Institut Français de Zoothérapie

    | Contributor(s):: François Beiger

    Développer des formations professionnelles et Universitaires aux pratiques de la médiation animale en Europe, en Tunisie et au Canada. Théorie, pratique.Aborder la dimension professionnelle sur la médiation animale et tout ce qui s'y rapporte. Programmes,...

  15. The Ethics of Animal Training

    | Contributor(s):: Anthony Milligan

    Animal training sits toward the uncomfortably overt end of human dominance. It can involve familiar kinds of harms, but, as commentators such as Vicki Hearne and Donna Haraway have pointed out, it can also enhance animal contentment, capabilities and autonomy. However, unlike socialization, it is...

  16. The Perceived Psychosocial Benefits of Pet Ownership on Child Development: A Parental Perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Erin K. Leahy

    The purpose of this review is to explore the beneficial role pets play in facilitating the psychosocial development of preadolescent children. It is proposed that the pet is perceived by both the child and parent as a developmental resource during preadolescent development, as it assists the...

  17. Student Perceptions of Introducing a Service-Dog-in-Training Program at Eastern Kentucky University

    | Contributor(s):: Kara Worley

    For centuries, dogs have been utilized for therapeutic purposes, as pets, and as highly trained service animals. Past research has focused specifically on the benefits associated with utilizing service dogs, especially for people with disabilities and veterans. 4 Paws for Ability is an...

  18. Animal assisted interventions for people who stutter : a clinical guide

    | Contributor(s):: Kelsey Marie Robin

    The emerging field of animal assisted therapy has many potentially beneficial applications. The use of animal assisted therapy with persons who stutter has been discussed in several public forums but has not currently been investigated through empirical research. The following report will explore...

  19. Will Animal Assisted Therapy Result in Shorter Length of Stay for Hospitalized Patients and Improve Basic Needs Status and Physical Outcomes Such as Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Pain?

    | Contributor(s):: Mary Lynn Zaremba

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been thought to have a therapeutic effect upon humans, especially those individuals who are confined due to age or illness. Human-animal contact encourages socialization for the lonely; it promotes movement in the relatively immobile, and may serve as a memory...

  20. Gender role conflict theory, research, and practice: Implications for understanding the human-animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: O'Neil, James M., Denke, Robyn, Blazina, Chris, Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.